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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Set sail with pirates in Toronto Harbour; Queen rules at Medieval Times for first time


   One-Tank Trip for July 28-18

  (c) By Jim Fox

   Shiver me timbers, pirates have been sighted on the Great Lakes.
   And what’s more, across town for the first time in 34 years, a queen is sole ruler of Medieval Times.
   Catch the fun with Pirate Life’s “journey of a lifetime” setting sail in Toronto harbour on Lake Ontario in search of sunken treasure.
A young member of the pirate crew keeps a lookout.
   Here’s a chance to join the pirate crew on board the 45-foot Island Rogue “for an experience like no other,” said Matt Slaman, show director.
   Passengers take a one-hour sailing filled with theatrical performances and interactive situations.
   Before boarding, the motley crew receives pirate names, face-painted tattoos and activities to prepare for the bold journey.
   Travellers are encouraged to dress in their finest pirate attire or access the crew’s costume collection.
   This theatrical and interactive voyage incorporates crew members specializing in acting, performing and music.

   After dressing the part and practising their best pirate “arrrghh” for the captain, the vessel sets sail to learn the ways of the sea-faring life.
   Pirates discover the mystery of Treasure Island, encounter friend and foe, shoot water cannons and haul up loot – if they get lucky and avoid a “marooning for the lot of ye.”
   Featured on the Dragon’s Den, Pirate Life has set sail since 2013 with more than 400 adventures and 10,000 pirates.
Hauling in a pirate’s treasure chest full of loot.
   The ship also offers private charters, corporate events and dock parties.
   It hosts artistic shows as well as concerts with the Toronto Chamber Players and allows artists to perform dockside.
   Located at the pier at the bottom of Parliament Street (333 Lakeshore Blvd. E.) in downtown Toronto, the ship sails six times daily this month and August, and from May to June and September to Oct. 8 on weekends.
   Passage costs $27 for adults and children; free to age two; $49, season’s pass.piratelife.ca; (416) 476-3836

   Step aside guys
   A new “royal” has arrived in Toronto, taking away the reins of power from the men at the Medieval Times’ castle.
   In a major break from the dinner and tournament’s tradition of casting a king in the show’s lead role, there’s now a queen in charge and sole ruler of the land.
Medieval Times now has a queen ruling the land.
   She is said to be cast as a firm-but-kind ruler respected throughout the kingdom who inherited the throne from her late father, the previous king.
   The queen holds court over all the jousting, fighting, horsemanship, swordplay and four-course feast that remain central elements of the attraction.
   It’s also the first time since 2012, Medieval Times has unveiled a new storyline in Toronto.
   The idea to cast a matriarch was based in part on guest feedback and is the seventh Medieval Times North American location to roll out the new show.
   “Where previously our female characters played in more supportive roles, we are now showing a woman fully in charge – a woman whose authority is sometimes challenged, but she quickly rises to the occasion as a strong leader, squelching opposition,” says Leigh Cordner, show director.
A capriole horse flies through the air at Medieval Times.
   Other significant changes include more than 700 new costumes for the nine castles’ performers including horses and new suits of custom-made armour, shields and helmets.
   More than 200 team members and 20 horses trained and rehearsed for three months and there’s new music composed by jazz pianist Daniel May.
   Medieval Times is at 10 Dufferin St. (Exhibition Place), with general admission $65.95 for adults; $45.95, children 12 and younger. medievaltimes.com/toronto; 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878).

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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